micro enterprises to avail of incentives under BMBE Law
May 18, 2018
MAKATI CITY – The
Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) encouraged underground micro
entrepreneurs to make formal their businesses and avail incentives
readily available to them through the Barangay Micro-Business
Enterprise (BMBE) Law.
“We highly encourage micro
enterprises to register their businesses and avail of the incentives
under the BMBE Law,” DTI Regional Operations Group Undersecretary
Zenaida Maglaya said.
Maglaya explained that
micro enterprises who have registered BMBEs can avail of government
incentives that include exemption from payment of income tax for
income arising from the operation of the enterprise, exemption from
the coverage of the minimum wage law, special credit window from
government financing institutions that will service financing needs
of BMBEs, business assistance from other government institutions, as
well as technology and marketing assistance.
Under Republic Act No.
9178 or the BMBEs Act of 2002, a micro enterprise is referred to as
any business entity or enterprise engaged in the production,
processing or manufacturing of products or commodities, including
agro-processing, trading, and services whose total assets, excluding
land, shall not be more than P3 million. Such assets shall include
those arising from loans but not the land on which the plant and
equipment are located.
Per statistics, 30.5% of
99.6% of total business establishments are micro enterprises (MSMEs).
Micro enterprises also provide 62.8% or 2,372,678 employment to
BMBE certificates are
registered free of charge at the Department of Trade and Industry
(DTI) offices or Negosyo Centers. To date, there are over 800
Negosyo Centers nationwide that assist micro enterprises to
facilitate BMBE applicants.
A total of 28,531 micro
enterprises have registered under BMBE as of April 31, 2018 since
DTI started accepting applications in January 2016.
Maglaya said formalization
of business will not only help the entrepreneur but will also
provide benefits to business and employment to Filipinos, which, in
turn, will spur economic activities in the countryside.
The DTI issued Department
Administrative Order (DAO) No. 16-01 last April 22, 2016 which
provides guidelines on registering BMBEs at Negosyo Centers. Under
DAO 16-01, DTI is the sole agency which shall issue a Certificate of
Authority (CA) to registered BMBEs at Negosyo Centers or at DTI
Prior to the issuance of
the DAO, BMBEs must register at the city or municipal treasurer’s
office where the business is located.
Republic Act 9178 or the
BMBE Act of 2002 recognizes the role of BMBEs as an essential
driving force for the country’s economic development. According to
the law, BMBEs are “seedbeds of Filipino entrepreneurial talents and
strengthening them would increase job generation, provide livelihood
and augment Filipinos’ quality of life.”
protection project completed
JASON T. DELOS ANGELES
May 15, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY – The
Department of Public Works and Highways -Samar First District
Engineering Office completes the construction of 4,908 square meters
of slope protection structures along Daang Maharlika in Rosalem, San
It is under contract with
Victoria Development and Construction Supply Corporation with a
total appropriation of P50 million from the 2017 GAA fund.
structures are designed to protect the soil surface from erosive
forces and improve the stability of soil slopes that are subject to
seepage or have poor soil structure.
“This project has a great
benefit to us because it prevents road collapse in our area caused
by the continuous heavy rains during the rainy season that weakened
the soil surface,” said Juley Mabahin, a resident of Rosalem.
The project is of great
impact especially to the residents of Rosalem and motorists passing
along the said road section since possible soil erosion landslides
or collapsed of road will be prevented.
DPWH carries out
P271.68M flood mitigation projects in Leyte
May 15, 2018
CARIGARA, Leyte –
To elevate safety and security among flood-prone areas in Leyte, the
Department of Public Works and Highways -Leyte Second District
Engineering Office implemented a total of P271.68 million for Flood
Control Structure projects.
Among the eight flood
control projects, six are already on-going. These are the Binahaan
River, Brgy. Tingib, Pastrana, Leyte worth P47.8 million; Sito
Bariis, Brgy. East and West Visoria, Carigara, Leyte worth P48
million; Baliri River, Brgy. Salvacion, MacArthur, Leyte worth P36.3
million; Malirong River, Brgy. Tingib and Arabunog, Pastrana, Leyte
worth P35.8 million; Himanglos River, Pob. I-II, Barugo, Leyte worth
P37.9 million; and the seawall/breakwater of Poblacion Zone I,
Capoocan, Leyte worth P8.2 million.
In addition, the
construction of seawalls/breakwaters that will run along Balud
Seawall, Capoocan, Leyte worth P6.7 million; and Brgy. San Jose-Brgy.
San Rafael, Dulag, Leyte worth P50.8 million are up for realization
According to District
Engineer Carlos G. Veloso, these flood control projects will provide
high-rise protection to the residents against storm surge and
Veloso added that it is
always the top priority of the department to protect and ensure
safety of the people and of the community, especially those that are
greatly affected by flooding during typhoon.
Moreover, the district
assures the public that the projects will be completed according to
the quality standards set by the department.
Army and PNP
troopers recovers firearms in San Isidro, Leyte
DPAO, 8ID PA
May 14, 2018
CAMP LUKBAN, Catbalogan
City – Joint troops of 78th Infantry (Warrior) Battalion, (78IB)
8th Infantry (Stormtroopers) Division, Philippine Army and Quick
Reaction Team ( QRT) from Leyte Police Provincial Office (LPPO)
seized high powered firearms and several war materiel at Sitio
Sambalawan, Barangay Basod, San Isidro, Leyte on May 13, 2018 at 11:
35 in the morning.
According to Lt. Col.
Danilo I Dupiag, Commanding Officer of 78th Infantry Battalion,
while conducting ocular visit to his troops deployed in Isabel,
Leyte, he received a report that the Quick Reaction Team of 2nd
Company, Regional Public Safety Battalion (RPSB) of Police Regional
Office VIII (PRO8) encountered undetermined number of unidentified
armed men believed to be members of Private Armed Groups (PAGs) at
Sitio Fortuna, Tabango, Leyte at 10 a.m. of May 13, 2018.
Troops of 78IB led by
Lieutenant Jonathan R. Mayono and QRT of Leyte Police Provincial
Office (LPPO) led by Police Senior Inspector Layug conducted joint
pursuit operations at Sitio Sambalawan, Barangay Basod, San Isidro,
Leyte. While tracking down the withdrawal route of said armed
groups, they recovered one 5.56mm M16 colt rifle with serial number
4852268, one caliber 45 colt commander pistol with serial number
55682, one caliber .357 pistol with defaced serial number, one
caliber .38 slub nose with defaced serial number, one improvised
homemade shotgun, two empty long magazine of M16 rifle, two pieces
live ammunition of 12-gauge shotgun, two loaded magazines of cal. 45
and several live ammunitions hidden under the bushes 30 meters away
from the Barangay.
Lt. Col. Dupiag turned
over the recovered firearms and other items to PI Gary Zaldy Ligutan,
COP, MPO, San Isidro, Leyte on 4:30 p.m. of the same day in the
presence of PCSupt. Gilberto DC Cruz, RD, PRO8 as part of the
evidence in the filing of the case.
Maj. Gen. Raul M Farnacio
AFP, Commander, 8ID expressed his appreciation to the operating
troops of 78IB and PRO8 for their dedication and commitment in
safeguarding the communities against Private Armed Groups while
executing security preparations for the purpose of ensuring free,
orderly, peaceful and credible conduct of 2018 Barangay and
Sanguniang Kabataan Elections.
officials headed by Regional Director Sheila Enciso (seated
by the table, 2nd from R) brief the agrarian reform
beneficiaries prior to the latter’s physical installation
into the former Capahi landholdings.
beneficiaries take possession of awarded lands
JOSE ALSMITH L. SORIA
May 11, 2018
ORMOC CITY –
“Nalipay lang ko nga makabalik ko sa akong gitrabaho nga yuta.” (I’m
just happy to be back to the lot I was tilling.)
These were the words
uttered by Clemente Arnaiz when asked why he broke into tears when
the writ of execution issued by Leyte Provincial Agrarian Reform
Program Officer (PARPO) Renato Badilla was read to them by sheriff,
Joseph Catingub on April 24.
The writ of execution
ordered the installation of the nine agrarian reform beneficiaries (ARBs)
into three landholdings previously owned by Rustico Capahi.
Arnaiz, now 66, together
with the eight other ARBs received their certificates of
landownership award (CLOAs) from the Department of Agrarian Reform
(DAR) to the above-mentioned properties two decades ago but were
deprived entry by the previous landowner. According to Arnaiz, they
were farmworkers in said landholdings.
DAR made several attempts
to install them but failed due to strong resistance from the
On April 24, with the
support of KAISAHAN, a non-government organization (NGO) assisting
these farmers, the more than two decades of waiting ended when the
nine ARBs were finally installed peacefully into their awarded lots
under the Comprehensive Agrarian Reform Program (CARP).
DAR Regional Director
Sheila Enciso, assisted by Badilla, led the physical installation of
the ARBs into the three Capahi landholdings situated in Barangay
Sabang Bao in this city following an agreement reached between the
DAR management and the previous landowner.
According to Enciso, the
landowner asked the DAR management that they be allowed to choose
their retention area as stated under the law, among others.
Agrarian Reform Program Officer (MARPO) Perpetua Sabaldan, who takes
charge of the installation activities, disclosed that 26 more actual
tillers in the three landholdings, with an aggregate area of 16
hectares, were likewise identified as potential beneficiaries.
This season, Enciso told
the farmers, “you can already start tilling your respective areas”,
but reminded them not to forget their obligations to pay the tax as
the owners now of the land.
likewise disclosed that in September last year, 39 other ARBs were
also installed into eight landholdings situated in Barangay Balion
with a combined area of 36.8 hectares. The properties were also
owned by the Capahis.
Business Head for Regional Visayas Niño Nanquil, AVP & Head
for Corporate Relationship Management of PLDT SME Nation
Jimmy Chua, FVP & Head of PLDT SME Nation Mitch Locsin,
VSMMC Medical Center Chief II Dr. Gerardo Aquino, VSMMC OIC
Chief Administration Officer Ronaldo Soletario, VSMMC
Finance Division Head Maureen Bien.
PLDT SME Nation
partners with VSMMC, drives digitalization of public healthcare
May 11, 2018
CEBU CITY – PLDT
Enterprise, the B2B arm of the country’s leading ICT and digital
services provider – through its small and medium business group,
PLDT SME Nation – formalized its partnership with the Vicente Sotto
Memorial Medical Center (VSMMC) in Cebu City, one of the country’s
premiere public health institutions.
Presently, the hospital
serves as a treating and teaching facility for a diverse set of
medical specializations and sub specializations, including internal
medicine and neurosurgery. In an effort to further improve their
services, VSMMC sought to upgrade their day-to-day operations
through innovative technology.
With PLDT’s provision of
structured cabling, cloud services and premium connectivity, VSMMC’s
digital and communications technology capabilities are said to be
comparable to most private corporations and organizations, including
banks and insurance providers – signifying a promising future for
the local public healthcare and service industry.
“I have to commend Dr.
Aquino and the entire VSMMC management team for taking the lead in
adopting digital practices to elevate their healthcare services.
Even before the mandate for government agencies to move towards
cloud, you were already at the forefront of disruptive medical and
public service,” said FVP & Head of PLDT SME Nation Mitch Locsin.
“We are honored to be part
of your great leap towards a digital future and we look forward to
being a part of your journey for more years to come,” he added.
Dr. Gerard Aquino, Medical
Center Chief II for VSMMC, said that the medical facility had chosen
to partner with PLDT precisely because of its expertise in providing
pertinent services and solutions. “No one wanted to believe that a
public hospital could be powered by fiber optics, but I’d like to
thank the PLDT Group for responding to our vision of growing into
the digital world. With the company’s track record as the most
trusted service provider in the country, I don’t think we have
anything to fear throughout this period of innovation.”
PLDT SME Nation continues
to deliver the most up-to-date solutions, further advancing digital
transformation across the country and region, in line with its
mandate of nation-building.
560 pupils to
benefit newly completed school buildings in Biliran
May 10, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran –
The Department of Public Works and Highways Biliran District
Engineering Office (DPWH-DEO) has completed another batch of school
buildings that will benefit more or less 560 pupils this coming
opening of classes.
David P. Adongay, Jr.,
District Engineer reported that the district office has recently
completed five school building projects with a total of 14
Under the 2017 Department
of Education - Basic Educational Facilities Fund (DepEd-BEFF),
Biliran DEO has been allotted a total budget of P367.6M for the
implementation of 71 school buildings with a total of 210
Out of the 71 school
building projects, 57 are now on-going while nine are
Not-Yet-Started (NYS) with an overall accomplishment of 44.72% as of
April 30, 2018.
Adongay said that the work
activity for the nine school buildings were suspended due to the
inaccessibility to the project site caused by typhoon Urduja last
“Yung roads papunta dun sa
site hindi madaanan ng vehicles na maghaul ng materials kasi nasira
nung Urduja,” Adongay said.
“Hopefully, once maayos na
yung kalsada, contractors will be requested to render overtime work
para naman magamit ito ng ating mga estudyante sa darating na
pasukan,” he added.
The completion of the
school building projects will provide students a place conductive to
The recently completed
projects are the P2.8M Construction of 1 Storey 2 Classroom (Toilet
attached) at Talibong Elementary School, Cabucgayan, Biliran;
Construction of 1 Storey 3 Classroom at Maurang Elementary School,
Caibiran, Biliran; P3M Construction of 1 Storey 2 Classroom at
Larrazabal Elementary School, Naval, Biliran; P4.4M Construction of
1 Storey 3 Classroom at Calumpang Elementary School, Naval, Biliran;
and P4.5M Construction of 1 Storey 3 Classroom at Tubig Guinoo
Elementary School, Kawayan, Biliran.
gears to acquire one star rating for material testing laboratory
GINISAR M. ROMERO
May 10, 2018
NAVAL, Biliran – To
achieve a one star rating for the Material Testing laboratory of the
Department of Public Works and Highways Biliran District Engineering
Office (DPWH-BDEO), District Engineer David P. Adongay Jr. requests
for a reassessment from the Bureau of Research and Standards (BRS),
DPWH Central Office.
The re-assessment was
conducted by Cielito C. De Guzman, Engineer IV, RDD and Susana D.
Faustino, Statistician II, MTD on April 26-27, 2018 in pursuant to
the Department Order No. 126 Series of 2016 (Amended to D.O. No.11)
Series of 2013 - Star Rating of DPWH Regional and District Materials
Department Order No. 11,
Series of 2013 is being amended to emphasize that the Star Rating
System for testing laboratories of the Regional and District
Engineering Offices recognizes the need for capable laboratory
technicians and Materials Engineers and complete and reliable
The system classify
testing laboratories into One-Star, Two-Star or Three-Star
categories based on the following criteria: Availability of testing
equipment and apparatus, Competence/Accreditation of Personnel,
Observance of health and safety standards, Working area of the
laboratory, Calibration of apparatus/equipment, Third-party
All Regional and District
Engineering Offices shall exert efforts to attain at least Two-Star
and One-Star Rating, respectively. All laboratories with no star
rating yet or with only One-Star Certification shall work towards
their accreditation and/or upgrading.
“DPWH-Biliran DEO is
hoping for a successful reassessment and acquire a one star rating
this time,” said Adongay.
The evaluation for
upgrading of the star rating is conducted by the BRS only upon
request by the concerned Regional/District Office and submission of
proofs showing the improvements that warrant the upgrading.
completed road section of Gandara-Matuguinao Road.
Gandara-Matuguinao road to be completed this 2018
MAE ANGELICA R. COMOTA
May 10, 2018
CALBAYOG CITY –
DPWH Samar First District Engineering Office is set to complete the
third and final phase of the road connecting the municipalities of
Gandara and Matuguinao this 2018.
This project covers the
concreting of 3.5 kilometers of road with 80 meters of slope
protection works and 1.5 kilometers of concrete lined canal. It has
an allocation of P100 million from the 2017 Payapa at Masaganang
Pamayanan (PAMANA) Fund.
Considered as one of the
two biggest rice-producing municipalities in the province, this road
will provide faster and easier transport of goods between Gandara
and Matuguinao which increases economic activity.
“Concreting of this road
is part of the District office’s multi-year programming. We started
construction back in 2014 and as of last year, we have received a
combined allocation of P270 million and over 10 kilometers of road
have been concreted,” said Project Engr. Allan Lanuza.
The District office will
soon hold a ground breaking ceremony later this month.